Arriving at my destination, I find the place very familiar. I have visited the place with my colleagues sometime back and we did not have a good experience. Upon chatting with the new co-owner, he told me they have taken over from the previous owner and kept most of the decor.They have also renamed it to MooJaa, Mookata Thai BBQ Steamboat and revamped the menu offering more authentic and quality food.
Fried Salmon Skin
While we waited for the rest of the group to arrive, we were served Fried Salmon Skin. At MooJaa, there is the Seafood dipping sauce and Chilli dipping sauce. I was told that each sauce is made from 30 different ingredients. I preferred the seafood dipping sauce to the chilli dipping sauce.
Dinner was served when everyone arrived. Well not ready, the restaurant has to bring out the charcoal first for the Mookata. At MooJaa, premium charcoal was used. It retains the heat better and there won't be ashes flying around. I am sure we don't want the charcoal ashes to fall on our food and spoilt our dinner.
Basically there are 2 Mookata Sets at MooJaa. Set Moo($39.90) and Set Gai ($39.90). It literally means pork set or chicken set. Set Moo comes with pork collar slice while Set Gai comes with boneless chicken. Each set comes with standard ingredients such as prawn, fish ball, pork ball, squid, cheese ball, sausage. golden mushroom, vermicelli, cabbage, kang kong.
An important ingredient for Mookata is Pork Lard. The pork lard is used to oil the metal dome shape area of the skillet. By doing so, it prevents the ingredients from sticking to the skillet. At the same time, cooking the ingredients with the pork lard oil lift the flavours.
If the ingredients in the set menu is not enough, you can also order add on from the ala carte menu. We got to try the Kurobuta Pork, Angus Beef and Spicy Chicken.
Mookata Thai BBQ Steamboat 4/5
Overall I feel that the new owners have brought back quality in the food. I have grown to accept MooKata especially the part where the oil from the ingredients flowing down into the soup. This is supposed to fragrant the soup and made it more tasty.
MooJaa, Mookata Thai BBQ Steamboat
25 Keong Saik Road
Tel: +65 65364780
Nearest MRT: Outram Park (EW Line, NE Line), Chinatown (NE Line)
Mon-Fri: 11am - 2pm (Lunch)
Mon-Sun: 5pm - 11pm (Dinner)
1) Alight at Outram MRT station. Take Exit H. Walk towards Kreta Ayer Road. Right right onto Kreta Ayer Road. Turn right onto Keong Siak Road. Journey about 10 minutes.
2) Alight at Chinatown MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to Keong Siak Road. Continue on to Keong Siak Road at the junction of Kreta Ayer Road and Keong Siak Road. Journey time about 13 minutes.